The Good Shepherd
In today’s gospel Jesus refers to himself as a shepherd. The shepherd leads the sheep to verdant pastures, protects them from harm and guides them to waters of life. This is a wonderful image for those who lead the Church and thus, today is appropriately designated as World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
All the “shepherds” of the Church, the pope, cardinals, bishops and priests, are to lead the people to restful places, protect them from harm and guide them to the waters of new life. They are to act as “gates” leading the faithful to heaven. Unfortunately, there are not enough priests to do all the work that is needed. On this World Day of Prayer for Vocations let us pray to the Lord to send more workers into the vineyard. Pray for all seminarians. Pray that many men and women will follow the voice of Jesus, the Good Shepherd and that those who serve so faithfully in the Church will continue to know our support.
As we continue during the “stay-at home” time don’t forget about praying for more vocations to the priesthood, religious life and service in the Church. As we continue along the pathway toward intentional discipleship, let us move toward giving our lives more completely over to Jesus. Please, talk about vocations in your domestic church and with your friends. We need to address the issue and talk about it. We need to invite others to consider a Church vocation. We need to realize the Lord is calling, who is listening? Blessings.